Joseph Mallord William Turner

Scene on a River (?the Dee)

1794–5

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 217 x 334 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02375
Turner Bequest LI H

Catalogue entry

Finberg listed this sheet with miscellaneous drawings of about 1799–1801, but the palette and technique are similar to that of watercolours of Valle Crucis Abbey and Llangollen (Tate D00703, D00861; Turner Bequest XXVIII R, XXXII E), and it shares with the view of Valle Crucis an intensely atmospheric use of light and shade. The scene may be, like those, a landscape on the River Dee near Llangollen, but a precise location has not been identified and the drawing may record Turner’s experience at some other point in his Midland tour.
Verso:
A slight pencil sketch of a figure; some colour blots.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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